Key Stage 4 Pathways


GCSE French is a course designed for communicative students who enjoy studying a language and want a better understanding of how languages form and develop. You will build upon the skills gained during Key Stage 3, and by the end of the course will have developed the ability to:

  • Communicate a variety of topics in the language, using a variety of structures and tenses
  • Develop transactional language required when visiting France and francophone countries
  • Understand the language in both spoken and written forms
  • Communicate effectively with French-speaking people both at home and abroad
  • Learn about the culture of France and francophone countries
  • Manipulate and interpret the language
  • Widen your knowledge and understanding of the English language

You will be studying the AQA GCSE for French.

How will I be assessed?

Students complete four exams at the end of Year 11 which assess skills in reading, listening, speaking and writing. These four exams are equally weighted and worth 25% each.

What will I learn?

To gain a higher grade in French, students need to develop a wide range of structures and vocabulary which they need to use accurately in the productive skills and understand in the passive skills. Students will cover a wide variety of topics, such as;

  • Leisure and free time activities
  • Advantages and disadvantages of new technology
  • Holidays – plans, preferences, experiences
  • Education and the French school system
  • The environment

Students will also enhance their language skills by accessing authentic resources such as poetry, literary texts, music and websites from French-speaking countries. Students will also benefit from translation activities and responding spontaneously to written and aural language.

What could my next steps be?

Studying French GCSE allows students to go on to study French at A-Level which is available in our 6th form. Learning a language makes you stand out from the crowd when applying for further education or employment. French is spoken in many countries across the world from Canada to Africa, and multinational companies need employees who can communicate in French. Language qualifications are useful in many careers both in the UK and abroad, and allow you the freedom to work across borders.

Mrs Wilson (Head of Modern Foreign Languages) -